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Is that a lot? Data consumption 101

How to keep your downloading under control

Last updated 12:18 21/02/2013
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More and more small business owners are running their businesses from their mobile. Smartphone ownership is now at more than 46% in New Zealand, and that number is only set to grow.

Thanks to your smartphone, you can stay connected 24/7. But before you know it, you've spent hours on your phone searching and downloading, so you need to have a good handle on how much data you need to avoid "bill-shock" at the end of the month.

You and your staff are probably using mobile devices to do all sorts of things: paying bills, sending and receiving emails with documents, reports, video and music files attached, and browsing the internet for information on customers, competitors or somewhere great to take a client for a lunch.

All of these tasks are data-hungry, and 2degrees offers a range of very competitive plans that allow you to use a great deal of data without breaking the bank.

With 2degrees' Shared Data, you can share data across devices and between people on the same account, providing you the flexibility to use data when, where and how you want to.

Most business plans start at around 1 Gigabyte (1GB), which actually buys you a whole lot of data, but it pays to be aware of how much data you consume for various mobile activities.

The table below gives you some idea of what you can do with 1GB - it's quite revealing. Needless to say, you probably won't be doing all of this at once!


Some small business owners are always on the go, which means their car or van becomes their office. In this case, a USB Modem may be a better solution. It's designed to give simple, reliable internet access - great if you need to be able to send or receive large files while on the road. 

2degrees offers a range of Mobile Broadband Plans that can help you stay connected whether you need 1 GB or 12 GB.

2degrees Mobile Broadband Plans let you carry over unused data for 2 months and 6 months on the 3GB and 12 GB plans respectively.

Shared Data is another innovative product from 2degrees that allows you to share your monthly data allowance with up to 5 other people and devices using a 2degrees SIM. So now you no longer need to manage multiple data plans on each different device as Shared Data lets you share your monthly data allowance.

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